Filipino boxing legend Pacquiao says trainer Roach ‘never left’ his team
after the men abruptly parted ways, breaking up one of boxing’s most famous double acts, following the Filipino’s defeat to Jeff Horn in 2017.
Roach was reported to have been upset by his dismissal, but agreed to return after late-night talks with the fighter last week.
“I tell people even in America that Freddie never left Team Pacquiao,” Pacquiao, 39, told reporters. “He is still involved in the training.”
Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, got a boost to his storied but slowing boxing career, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Just over six months later he will be back in the ring, this time against Broner, a 29-year-old American, for his first US fight since 2016.
Speculation remains high that the Broner bout could be a warm-up for a sequel to 2015’s “Fight of the Century” that Pacquiao lost to Mayweather on points.
Undefeated Mayweather said in September he was ready to fight Pacquiao, but no definite plans have emerged since. Last week the Filipino champ told reporters he and Mayweather have talked about fighting again, but said he would see after the Broner match.